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Downtown Bloomington
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Bloomington restaurants and bars will have an opportunity to add or expand outdoor seating in the near future.

Downtown Blm
Ashley Binkowski

The Bloomington City Council votes Tuesday on a plan to allow the city manager to temporarily close streets, city parking lots and alleys to allow for businesses to expand their outdoor footprint during the pandemic.

Grossinger Motors Arena at night
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UPDATED 12:10 p.m. | Bloomington officials said Friday they plan to terminate the city's agreement with VenuWorks, the Iowa-based firm that has been running the city-owned Grossinger Motors Arena since 2016.


Parking enforcement in downtown Bloomington could see some changes later this year.

A proposal by City Council member Jamie Mathy would extend enforcement hours into the evening with current employees working staggered shifts to cover the extra time. The plan was one of three initiatives proposed by Mathy during Monday night’s virtual Committee of the Whole meeting.


Some Bloomington restaurants and bars are getting the chance to have the cost of their liquor licenses reduced.

Sign to Ferrero plant
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Economic developers are providing a sweetener in hopes of prompting one of the country’s largest candy companies to expand in Bloomington.


The Bloomington City Council heard presentations Monday night from several social service agencies addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as numerous citizens upset over last week’s vote against a possible direct aid program.

GE Road milling
City of Bloomington

Bloomington plans to spend more than $4 million on street resurfacing this summer, just part of its effort to repair some of the city's crumbling infrastructure.

Council members in grid

With a unanimous vote, no public comment and little discussion beyond praise for city staff, the Bloomington City Council passed the city’s fiscal year 2021 budget Wednesday night.

Bloomington City Hall
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“The city is in a good position, but it’s not in a great position,” City Manager Tim Gleason said Monday night in terms of the city withstanding the economic impact of COVID-19.

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Bloomington City Council members signaled by a 5-4 vote Monday night they are not in favor of approving direct payments to people disadvantaged by the pandemic shutdown.

Bloomington VFW
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Club organizations like the VFW can now offer delivery and curbside pickup of alcohol in Bloomington.

The City Council granted the permission during its virtual meeting Monday night, voting to modify the local emergency order approved on March 26. The amendment extends the temporary curbside and delivery alcohol allowance for restaurants and bars to club liquor license holders during the state’s shelter-in-place directive.

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal
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City councils in Bloomington and Normal will be considering emergency ordinances on Monday to help them more swiftly respond to COVID-19.

Tim Gleason
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Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason said he plans to close offices at city hall and the McLean County Government Center to the public from Wednesday through May 1 as part of an executive order he plans to issue Tuesday in response to the coronavirus.

Renner and Carrillo at the meeting
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A Bloomington City Council member is trying to build support for an emergency planning meeting between local governments in hopes of enacting “humane and compassionate” measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dan Donath speaks
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Crime went down slightly in Bloomington last year, but shootings remain a big issue for the police department.

Jamie Mathy
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Jamie Mathy said he’s happy to see Bloomington city government close the book on what he calls a self-inflicted “fiasco” — the sick leave buyback program for retiring employees — and he’s hopeful additional changes can produce more savings.

JP's Wheel and Ale House
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Video gambling has created a substantial cash windfall for thousands of businesses in Illinois since the state legalized the machines in 2009.

Parking garage
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Replacements for Bloomington’s O’Neil Pool and the Market Street parking garage appear to be on the horizon, with items related to both facilities included in the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year.  

Road resurfacing
City of Bloomington

Bloomington plans to significantly ramp up roadwork using revenue from its 2019 gas tax increase in a record-setting budget plan.

A new car wash that will replace a fast food restaurant near a busy Bloomington intersection has made plans to ease traffic concerns in the area.

Empty building on Hamilton Road
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A developer has axed plans for an indoor sports recreation business near downtown Bloomington and plans to open on the east side instead.

Officials at a meeting
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State lawmakers joined a special session of the Bloomington City Council on Saturday morning to discuss progress on securing state funding for the city’s capital projects.

Transit buses
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Bloomington City Council members Donna Boelen and Jeff Crabill say they want to see specifics on how Connect Transit would spend possible increased funding from the city.

Bloomington Public Works Department sign
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Bloomington is looking to replace its aging water meters in the city more efficiently.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday night he believes the city continues to make strides toward becoming a better place to live.

Luther Oaks
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The City of Bloomington is moving forward with a road improvement project linked to expansion of the Luther Oaks retirement community, but without universal City Council support.

Bloomington City Council protest
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Bloomington City Council members say they welcome marijuana dispensaries in their city when recreational pot becomes legal Jan. 1, but they aren’t ready to embrace so-called cannabis cafes, saying they require more study.

Tim Gleason
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Bloomington's city council is expected to formally adopt a policy regulating cannabis businesses on Monday night, about two weeks before recreational marijuana use becomes legal in Illinois.

Tari Renner
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Mayor Tari Renner said he doesn’t expect Bloomington City Council members to opt out of cannabis sales, but they likely won’t allow “cannabis cafes” with on-site consumption.